And the second is a poem written by a reader, who wishes to remain pseudonymous. Let me publish the poem first and an article on Yoko after. Thanks to Hani for the Yoko news.
And the third is that Hani is considering mounting a petition to end nuclear power.
Yay, Hani! Yay, Oko! Yay, S.N.!
Who’s next to contribute in their own particular way? Now is the time to open our hearts – to Japan, to New Zealand, to Australia, to Haiti, to the Arab world. It’s why we came here.
Message to the Japanese people affected by the Sendai Earthquake & Tsunami
by Yoko Ono http://imaginepeace.com/archives/14081
Japan, Summer 1979. Photo by Nishi F. Saimaru ©1990 Nishi F. Saimaru/Yoko Ono
My dear people of Japan,
I feel numb now, as if I was there myself and hit with this disaster as you have been. Only just recently I visited Tokyo, and was delighted how beautiful, clean and quiet the city was! I didn’t expect a disaster like this to happen to the country I love so much.
One year, John, my husband, Sean and I, were in the hotel in Tokyo. It was in the morning, and the earthquake suddenly hit three of us. I imemdiately grabbed Sean, who was still a little boy then. I went into an open closet, holding Sean tightly, and sat in there, keep repeating “Namyohorengekyo”.
After the earthquake subsided, John laughed and said he didn’t understand why I sat in an open closet. I explained to him that it was important to be protected by a structure. Well, at least, that was what I was told when I was a child. The earthquake John, Sean and I experienced was not at all like the one you just experienced. But still my body is now shaking tonight from the memory of it.
So I feel deeply for you for having experienced the earthquake that was the severest in the history of Japan. It must have been so, so horrible. I extend my sympathy and love to each one of you. I’m very sorry that you had to go through what you went through. My heart is with you all the way.
Yoko Ono Lennon
New York City
11 March 2011.